# Coefficient of x^3

Stacyg
Find the coefficient of x^3 in the expansion of (2x^2-3/x)^3

I know how to do simple coefficients using pascalles triangle but I really don't know how to do this.
Any help would be much appreciated.

Tedjn
Write it as

$$(2x^2 - 3x^{-1})^3$$

From Pascal's triangle, you know how to expand

$$(a+b)^n$$

What can you replace with a and what can you replace with b?

Homework Helper
$$(2x^2-\frac{3}{x})^3$$

$$(\frac{1}{x}(2x^3-3))^3$$

Tedjn
Oh, that's a nice way of doing it :)

Homework Helper
Oh, that's a nice way of doing it :)

Usually (well for me), a binomial expansion is usually done with a variable and a constant.

as for $(a+b)^n$ is valid for $|\frac{b}{a}|<1$ But if a and b are variables, you'll have to do some fancy algebra to get the range for which it is valid.

Homework Helper
Usually (well for me), a binomial expansion is usually done with a variable and a constant.

as for $(a+b)^n$ is valid for $|\frac{b}{a}|<1$ But if a and b are variables, you'll have to do some fancy algebra to get the range for which it is valid.

Why is it only valid in some range? I also don't see why you need to factor the original. (a+b)^3=a^3+3*a^2*b+3*a*b^2+b^3. Just put a=2x^2 and b=(-3/x), figure out which term is the x^3 term and evaluate it.

Homework Helper
That's what I was taught.."validity of a binomial"

Homework Helper
That's what I was taught.."validity of a binomial"

Got a reference? If you are thinking of the convergence of the infinite series for negative exponents, that is something to think about. But this is a positive exponent, the series is finite. There are no convergence issues.

BrendanH
Besides, we're dealing with polynomials in the case of (a+b)^n